Ricky Ponting calls for ‘hostile body language’ against Virat Kohli

Lynette Rowe
December 4, 2018

"I will see this as a significant chance and they would have prepared for this tour for a long time, I think it's going to be a really close series", Waugh, who bowed out from Test cricket in 2004 after the final Test against the touring Indian team, told in a chat with private sports channel.

India and Australia are likely to be greeted by a green pitch at the Adelaide Oval for the first Test of the four-match series starting Thursday, with the curator saying he has no intentions of cutting the thick cover of grass.

While India's opening pair appear in form, their middle order also looks good with Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari all making half-centuries in the CA XI match. In the eight Tests Kohli has played away from home this year, in South Africa and England, he has been dismissed significantly more often when bowlers have pitched the ball up. Kohli also took a wicket of Australian batsman Nielsen when he was at 100 off 168 balls. The 19-year-old Shaw was carried off the ground by two India officials.

The most prolific run-scorer in cricket history has a glittering record in Australia.

With the Test series not too far away, the Australian media has added yet another feather to its cap of "infamous reportage". "I think the bowlers when they compete, and they're fierce and aggressive, I think they have that", he said in Adelaide. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are all confident they won't require a rest but that decision will be shaped by how many overs they are forced to bowl.

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One of the predominant theories surrounding the touring captain is that he thrives on confrontation, but Ponting does not believe that means the Australians can't "get under his skin".

"The way you buzz around the field, the way you cut down runs, the way you create pressure, you don't have to say anything to have mongrel". The third Test at the venue ended in the first session on day five.

His poor performance against the Proteas saw him being dropped from the first Test against England at Edgbaston. "Ishant Sharma's last time out here he got extra bounce".

"There's obviously been a lot of talk about that and it's been a big build up to this Test match but there's a great feeling around this group.now it's about going out there and hopefully putting it together as a batting unit".

"They got the ball to move around". If you can get through these ones, you can get through anyone in the world.

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